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Coronavirus live news: women hit hardest by pandemic job losses – UN; new Indonesia record for Covid deaths

Only men’s employment likely to return to 2019 levels this year, UN says’; Indonesia reports record 1,338 new coronavirus deaths on Monday

Daily coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland have exceeded 1,700 for the first time since January, reports PA.

Case numbers have been growing rapidly in recent weeks as the Delta variant became dominant.

Globally, women have been hardest hit by pandemic job losses and only men’s employment is likely to return to 2019 levels this year, the International Labour Organisation said today.

The UN agency said that women have been at greater risk of job cuts and reduced hours as a result of coronavirus restrictions – particularly in the accommodation, food services and manufacturing sectors – Reuters reports.

Even though the projected jobs growth in 2021 for women exceeds that of men, it will, nonetheless, be insufficient to bring women back to pre-pandemic employment levels.

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